Definition of 'brandish'
Example sentences containing 'brandish'
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They have already been used to record a confrontation with a man brandishing an iron bar. Times, Sunday Times (2014)He was brandishing a small knife in his left hand. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Another page shows a menacing masked figure brandishing a huge knife. The Sun (2007)He and an accomplice had brandished an unloaded gun, but nobody was hurt. Times, Sunday Times (2014)Then they dart around brandishing weapons, hitting each other. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Then suddenly a bearded man appeared brandishing a gun and began asking for Malala. Times, Sunday Times (2012)His moment of glory came in a raid on a Kilburn flat when the tenant brandished a loaded gun in his face. The Sun (2013)
Trends of 'brandish'
Used Rarely. brandish is in the lower 50% of commonly used words in the Collins dictionary
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Translations for 'brandish'
British English: brandish VERB
If you brandish something, especially a weapon, you hold it in a threatening way.
He appeared in the lounge brandishing a knife.
Definition of brandish from the Collins English Dictionary
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